Fantasy football purgatory… that place between having a playoff spot locked up and being
statistically eliminated from the postseason. It is not a fun place to be, especially in formats like Dynasty or Campus to Canton where your draft position is a consideration. So what to do?
As a mediocre fantasy team approaching week 11, you have two options. First, you can scroll
through all of the Black Friday deals or Cyber Monday deals looking to get your holiday shopping done before Thanksgiving. The alternative is to compete! It is supposed to be fun, right? If you go down, go down swinging!
Rarely have I witnessed the best regular season team roll through the playoffs as well. Many
times, one of the lower seeds became hot at the right time and ran away with everyone’s money. If you haven’t been eliminated, you absolutely still have a chance. And to make that happen, you need to ace your league’s waiver wire.
Eligible players are based on the rostered average of less than 45% from three major fantasy
websites (Yahoo!, CBSsports, & ESPN) and then listed by value. Players listed are assumed to NOT have a BYE week remaining. Those that do will be noted. I have a nice surprise for some of you at the end of the article.
1. Kirk Cousins (31%): You could do worse than Cousins. Unfortunately, he has quite a limited ceiling
considering the Vikings approach. A comfortable QB2.
2. Philip Rivers (24%): The changeup throwin’ non-cussin’ QB had a pretty good week 10. He doesn’t give you a ton of confidence, but if you need a QB for the rest of the season, he fits the bill.
3. Baker Mayfield (36%): Everyone expected more and it just isn’t materializing. Even with a solid running game and above average offensive line, he hasn’t produced.
4. Daniel Jones (27%): Much like Mayfield, we thought we’d see more. But as he displayed against the Eagles in week 10, Danny Dimes can get you points with his legs too. Week 11 BYE.
They will start, but grab them only in an emergency…
5. Alex Smith (8%)
6. Andy Dalton (7%)
One or two week rentals…
Jameis Winston (3%)
Joe Flacco (1%)
Jake Luton (7%)
1. Rex Burkhead (34%): He isn’t a consistent producer but will have some breakout games. He has 6 TDs on the season and all have come in a total of 3 games. Lowest output was 5 touches.
2. Cam Akers (32%): Yup, it has been a frustrating year watching Akers. Many of us just waiting for that breakout week that hasn’t happened. But he does get about 10 carries per game and as he gets more acclimated, that number may rise late in the season.
3. Carlos Hyde (18%): He is questionable and was limited in Monday’s practice. However, Chris Carson didn’t practice at all. Their backfield is rather unsettled and appear desperate for a veteran presence. If Hyde is healthy, in that offense, he could do well. A situation to monitor.
Others to consider if you must…
4. Devontae Booker (8%)
5. Tony Pollard (33%)
6. Lamical Perine (25%)
A very good one week rental…
Salvon Ahmed (11%): Matt Breida is questionable for this week’s game. Monitor this situation closely. If you only need a RB for one week, and Breida sits, Ahmed will be quite an addition. 22 touches last week!
1. Jalen Reagor (33%): 6.5 targets per game since his return. Without too much talent outside, the Eagles will keep looking to get their rookie WR the football.
2. Michael Pittman (9%): A similar situation as Reagor. 7.5 targets over the last two games.
3. Sammy Watkins (39%): Spend enough time in fantasy circles, and you plenty of negative analysis of Watkins. Perhaps in that offense he is simply expected to put up monster numbers. Either way, when healthy, Sammy gets about 7 targets from Mahomes each game. Not bad.
4. Tim Patrick (35%): He is a starting WR in the NFL. Not flashy and the QB is erratic, but he gets a handful of targets each game.
5. Josh Reynolds (6%): Over his past three weeks, he has averaged 9 targets per game! Now, they come with a low completion percentage, but that target share can’t be ignored.
6. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (20%): I read this book before. I’ve been burned before. But his last two
games are impossible to brush off. 202 yards and 3 TD on 6 catches.
7. Breshad Perriman (9%): Huge week 9. Confidence should not be high on repeat performances.
8. Rashard Higgins (21%): He starts.
9. Nelson Agholor (33%): Boom or complete bust.
Keelan Cole (21%): He had a solid week 10, but is dependent on the injury situation of Shenault.
1. Logan Thomas (35%): The best of an uninspiring group. This position group is difficult.
2. Dalton Schultz (21%): Very similar to Thomas in snap% and target share.
3. Trey Burton (22%): The Colts will use him in creative ways, but he just doesn’t get many touches.
4. Richard Rodgers (3%): Yeah, this position group is bad. But you could do worse than Rodgers. In an offense that typically provides two productive tight ends, you can expect about 5 targets for Rodgers.
Kyle Rudolph (7%): Irv Smith is most likely out for week 11. Rudolph could see a slight bump.
*** Special rental option ***
Taysom Hill (9): If you are in a league that has Hill as a QB and TE, this could be your guy. With Brees likely out for a couple weeks, the Saints will start Jameis or possibly Hill. Even if it is Winston, it is safe to expect that Hill will be on the field quite a bit, and that is the minimum amount of production you can expect. If he plays snaps at QB or even starts, this could be quite a catch!